India lay groundwork for victory as England look to hang tough in Mumbai Test
England 400 & 182-6
Fourth Test, Mumbai, day four
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hit fifties as England tried their best to hang tough on day four of Mumbai Test as Indian spinners laid groundwork for another Test victory.
Earlier in the day, India's overnight pair of Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav resumed proceedings on day four. The duo added 128 runs more to the partnership standing thus stretching it past 200 runs in just 291 balls.
Kohli completed another milestone when he reached his third career Test double hundred in 291 balls.
The England bowling attack went all-out, however, they failed to pick any wicket in the morning session.
Post lunch break, Yadav reached a well deserving maiden Test hundred in 196 balls thus also becoming the highest run scorer in an innings for India while batting at number nine.
The 241-run eighth wicket partnership stand was finally broken by Adil Rashid (4-192) who dismissed Yadav on 104.
Three overs later, Kohli followed his partner back to the pavilion after miscuing a slot of Woakes' bowling. He was dismissed on 235, his career best in Test cricket.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (9) and Umesh Yadav (7 no) attempted a few big hits before Kumar was dismissed by Rashid as India took a healthy 231 runs lead.
England suffered an early blow in the very first over of their second innings as Kumar (1-11) dismissed Keaton Jennings (0) LBW for a golden duck.
Joe Root joined his skipper Alastair Cook (18) and started off positively. However, Ravindra Jadeja (2-57) dislodged the partnership by catching Cook LBW.
Moeen Ali (0) failed to trouble the scorer as he too was dismissed by Jadeja as Murali Vijay took a stunning low catch at leg slip.
Jonny Bairstow joined Root for the fourth wicket partnership where the duo added 92 runs at a quick pace in 21.2 overs.
Just when the visitors were building a decent fightback, Yadav (1-39) caught Root LBW right in front of stumps.
Ben Stokes (18) managed to hang-on for a while before Ravichandran Ashwin (2-49) stuck twice before the stumps. Stokes ended up hitting the ball onto his boots when he failed to play a reverse sweep while Jake Ball (2) was caught by Parthiv Patel in the final over of the day's play.
Practically, India should be able to wrap-up the proceedings in the morning session, however, England has the chance to wipe-out the trail and avoid an innings defeat.
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